On his new record, Rowe, who The Wall Street Journal wrote “recalls the ecstatic intensity of late-'60s Van Morrison and stark subtlety of late-era Johnny Cash” has created a beautifully primal work. Madman is deliberately, if not defiantly, simple in both arrangement and composition. It is soul music in the purest and most literal sense, hypnotic rhythms, warmly distorted guitars and Rowe’s incredible voice recalling a time, real or imagined, when music and people seemed distinctly more connected.
“I wanted to go right to the heart with this,” Rowe says of the new record. “And sometimes that meant seeing how much we could remove. It helps to have a great recording. But I would rather have great performances and that’s what I was after here. Sometimes when you’re listening to a piece of music you don’t have to think about it, you just feel it. It’s primal and you trust it.”
Rowe has spent much of the last year traveling the country with his guitar, performing in people’s living rooms for a series of house concerts. In a deliberate contradiction to the prevailing expectations of a professional musician, the singer-songwriter chose to interact with fans in the most intensely personal manner. Find out more on his blog here: http://rowehouseconcerts.com/ This simplification or stripping away of excess is powerfully conveyed in the video for Madman’s title track.
Watch the video for the Sean Rowe song “Madman” here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ess11y1oFiE
"He can just crush granite with that voice. It is so powerful.” - NPR All Songs Considered.
Sean Rowe Tour Dates:
9/14: Pittsburgh, PA at Club Cafe
9/17: Louisville, KY at WFPK Waterfront Wednesdays
9/18: Nashville, TN at Third Man Records
9/23: Vienna, VA at Jammin Java
9/24: Philadelphia at World Cafe Live
9/25: NYC at Rockwood: Stage 2
9/26: NYC at Rockwood: Stage 3
10/1: Northampton, MA at Parlor Room
10/2: Providence, RI at Columbus Theatre
10/3: Troy, NY: Contemporary Arts Center at Woodside
10/4: Woodstock, NY at Colony Cafe